Track: Zimmerman hosting section; Elks’ Detloff, Thunder’s Griffin gain state

Dustin Neseth of host Zimmerman placed fourth in shot put. (Photo by Bruce Strand)
Dustin Neseth of host Zimmerman placed fourth in shot put. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


Elk River’s Molli Detloff earned her fourth trip to the state track meet in discus by winning at Section 7AA on Wednesday in Zimmerman.

Brandon Griffin of host Zimmerman also qualified for state with second place in the triple jump.

Finals in five boys event and five girls events were held Wednesday, along with prelims in running events. Most finals will be held Saturday, with action starting 11 a.m.

Detloff placed first with a toss of 137-9. She will try qualify in the shot put Saturday.

Elk seventh-grader Annika Carr placed fourth in the 3200 meters with 11:58. The other Elk scoring was Sidney Wentland, ninth in the discus (97-6).

The Elk boys didn’t score in any of the finals. They’ll have some state contenders on Saturday including Morris Dennis, who took third in the 200 prelims and second in the 400 prelims, and Lucas Trapp, second in the 800 prelims

Zimmerman athletes scored in five of the events that had finals. Griffin, a senior, was second with a 42-8 1/4 triple jump. Dustin Neseth, a senior, placed fourth in the shot put with 46-5. Brooke Borchardt, a senior, tied for sixth with a 4-10 high jump and placed eighth with a 97-8 discus throw. Cheresa Bouley, seventh-grader, was fifth in the 3200 (11:59.84).

Thunder senior Brandon Griffin took third in the 300 hurdles prelims.

Elk coach Brenda Holmgren praised Jill Vorlicek for her grit in completing the 300 hurdles race after falling hard on the fifth hurdle. When Holmgren saw Vorlicek’s wrist just before she left with her mother, the coach insisted she see a doctor, and it turned out there was a broken bone, Holmgren said.

Rebecca Sultany placed fourth in 300 prelims with a personal best 49.71.